My TVO Discussion: Inside the Pop Music Factory

A while back, I read a fantastic book called The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Music Factory by New Yorker writer, John Seabrook.

Inside the Music Factory - John Seabrook

The book is a deep dive into the way today’s pop hits are made with industrial precision in what can only be described as hit factories. If you want to know why today’s pop music sounds the way it does, this explains everything.

This past week, I had a chance to be on a panel with John as part of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Here’s the description:

In modern music, the same small group of producers and writers are creating songs for the biggest pop names, making the industry seem homogeneous and repetitive. The Agenda discusses whether the factory-like method used to churn out hits is a good way to make great, lasting music that is as valuable as past classics.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “My TVO Discussion: Inside the Pop Music Factory

  • March 19, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Great discussion. It seemed like Martina Sorbora tried to steal the spotlight, but just couldn’t engage as effectively with the 2 (Alan and John) who had more substance to their comments


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